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Garden harvest/Eat Your Veggies quinoa muffins

Things are awfully busy right now, and I’m sure all posts for the time being will be competing with one another for least verbose. This one could be an especially strong contender, being it’s yet another happy hack of the infinitely satisfying template provided by these quinoa banana muffins. These speak for themselves, too; and, not only are few words needed, neither are many ingredients. Gluten free, dairy...

Quinoa oatmeal pancakes

I’ve been sitting on this recipe a few weeks now, just waiting for the right sort of something to say alongside it. Now barely a full week into 2015, I’m already battling a case of over-crowding in the brain that tends to clog out clarity. The kind of mental chatter that attaches to guilt from at once taking on too much and not stretching to do more, or at least that’s the perception. Stuff  that needs to...

(Pretty) Healthy sweet potato brownies

The making of these brownies is a circle story. Not a poignant, reflective sort, like the serene and flowing journey of the seasons. More like (for my fellow children’s book lovers and readers) a Laura Numeroff style whilrwind, arriving at the start to conclude, with a whole bunch of silliness in between. It may sound pointless on the surface, but it’s been fun. First, there were these brownies from Paleo OMG,...

Recipe Roundup: Holiday recipes on the Ancient Har...

‘Tis two days before Christmas and no time for writing, but (for me) these links are kind of exciting! I’ll post them here quickly, but just want to say, I hope you’re all having the best holiday! (Sorry so cheesy… can’t help myself sometimes.) Ancient Harvest ingredients are sooo much fun to play with, and these recipes have been especially rewarding because I’ve made most of them...

Quinoa butternut spice muffins

I won’t wax on too much about how I love these muffins. That’s because they are just one of (hopefully) many knock-offs of these amazing and amazingly easy quinoa banana muffins I’ve been going bananas for and wish I’d created myself. This butternut squash version  is a worthy partner, with a just-right crispness on the tops, a warm, meltaway, lightly spiced middle. They are delicately, naturally...

Crockpot coconut veggie chili, vegetable stew, and...

It’s a most wonderful, wild, stressful and sweet, fantastic and frantic time of the year, and there’s really no time for anything. Certainly not for quick and slapdash posts like this one. But I love and rely on recording recipes, even the not-really-recipes lists, because my crowded brain is in danger of forgetting meals to make in minutes if I don’t write them down. (Is that Mommy brain, still? Fingers...

Sugar free toddler top 5 (for today)

I’ve been feeling this uncomfortable need to apologize…only I don’t know to whom or why. I guess the awareness of a sort of manic inconsistency is a little discomfiting, and I wanted to acknowledge it. Last week I was spitting out blog posts, relative to my usual old faithful once weekly, and even stashed some starter posts in drafts that may well be destined as forever drafts. This week we’re back to...

Slow cooker coconut banana brown rice pudding

Once again, I’m posting a post that isn’t a post…more like a post-it. A little sticky note to slap on the fridge. Because although this isn’t rocket science, and may even seem repetitive (I’ve posted a bunch of very similar brown rice puddings before, but this one is the slightly different version I like best right now), I’ll be making it again soon and will want the handy reference. Those...

Vegan pumpkin shake

Are pumpkins still adorning your front steps, or am I too late? Unless you’ve already roasted and pureed your pumpkins, that is, and have a stocked fridge. Insanely delicious, creamy, easy, pumpkin shake, perfect for post Halloween and the spoils from those Jack-o-lanterns (or better yet, pumpkins you never got around to carving).  I won’t say any more, but instead will hold back from rambling and let this be my...

Easy blender pumpkin soup/pasta sauce

Little Monkey isn’t so little anymore (though he still has these shortstop little legs that motor here, there, and everywhere!). He’s an increasingly talkative toddler, and he wants to help. It’s the sweetest thing. He caught me sneaking a little dusting in while we were playing together one afternoon, and thought the eco-friendly wipe I was using was a tissue. Knowing a spot at his level where Kleenex are...

Rim Rock Marathon: Learning to relax and race

What’s a race, project, or otherwise big endeavor without a whole bunch of built-in excuses? You don’t have to be elite, or stake a lot on the line, to have a hefty list. They’re padding my back pocket when nervously anticipating most races; this one was no exception, despite the fact that it was very purposefully meant to be “just for fun”. The thing about excuses, though, is oftentimes they...

Easy, refined sugar free pecan date cookies

I’ll be honest. Week to week, we mostly eat like my last post (slow cooker baked sweet potatoes) and not so much like the pictures on my blog page might suggest. All my culinary creativity goes into recipe development for Ancient Harvest (which is oh so much fun!) and brainstorming and experimenting with easy, portable toddler treats. I’m starting a compilation of grab-and-go good-for-you snacks (more on that...